My 2020 Word Of The Year: Belief

My 2020 Word Of The Year: Belief

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Belief: The feeling of being certain that something exists or is true.

Choosing my word of the year has become an annual ritual, I find the act of championing one word across all my goals for that year empowering and gives them focus, and for 2020, my word is Belief (in myself).

I find my word of the year is a personal journal, and that’s probably why I’ve never shared it before on here, but I feel like you can’t start a new year afresh, without openness, and that’s a big part of why I chose, Belief as my word of the year.

I was going to go with confidence or forwards, as this year is a personal journal, but it is more than both of those words, yes, I do need a confidence boost, but this is a boost that only I can give myself, and yes I do want to see my life/career move forwards, but to make a forward move, I need belief in myself.

The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.

James Allen

This quote from British author James Allen just resonated with me, if I can create a better “outer condition” with confidence in my craft, my opinions, my worth then my belief in myself will radiate outwards, as only I have the power to decide what’s true for me.

In recent years I’ve been more concerned with how everyone else is doing things, and this year, I need to get back to doing what’s best for me, my way.

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You can do a thing only if you have the belief that it can be done.


Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

Gail Dever

How to pick your own word of the year:

What I will say is, don’t overthink it. Your word of the year isn’t to stump you or hold you back, it is about motivating you, and to help you visualise taking on the future.

For me, my word of the year has come from different sources, sometimes I see it in a quote, it sticks with me, and encourages me, other years, I’ve jotted down all my goals and dreams for the year ahead and a word manifests itself, and then other years, I’ve sat in my favourite spot, with some music playing, a candle burning and a mug of hot chocolate, and I’ve just scribbled words down until I settle on one.

Need a helping hand? Ask yourself what do you need right now?

For me, at this very moment, I need more belief in myself and career.

Settled on your word?

Now you have to live and breathe it, place it at the top of your journal, stick it to your mood board, add a post-it to the fridge. I like to see my word everywhere to motivate myself and help me achieve my goals.

How to know your word of the year is right for you?

Use your word to make at least three statements, this will guide you throughout the year, and I always add them to the front of my yearly journal, and I regularly go back to them and reread, as a way of refocusing myself.

The belief that I’m good at what I do.

The belief that I can finish my novel.

The belief that I can conquer my anxiety.

Have you decided on your word of the year?